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Summertime is inevitably a season when we all at some time or another bring out the swimwear. Whether it is at the beach, camping or the cottage, the warm weather and tantalizing water encourages a refreshing swim. There are some on the other hand who may not even use their swimwear for the water but who like to sit in the sun’s rays and give their skin the glow of summer. Whatever use you have for your bikini or swimwear the wonderful assortment of fabrics, styles and accessories will have you out and about enjoying the fine weather.

There are some of us who don’t exactly look forward to this time of year when we have to bring out the swimwear and bikinis in hopes that those couple of extra pounds gained over the year won’t have us bulging out of the seams. Not to fret though as swimwear today offers great stretch fabrics for easy mobility and plenty of style options that might just minimize or hide any imperfections.

The fabric, body shape, design and color are all factors when choosing the most flattering swimwear for you. When selecting a swimsuit the quality of fabric is important as you want a suit that will stand up to the seasons of wear, sun and saltwater. Nylon, Lycra and Faille are popular fabrics used for swimsuits, they resist fading and hold their stretchiness. Nylon and Lycra used together offer more stretch then standard swimwear along with shaping, control and comfort for the wearer.

The design of the swimsuit is probably the most important factor when women are out shopping for swimwear and bikinis. You will find plenty of suggestions on flattering suits for all sorts of body types. There are suits to create curves where needed, suits to minimize hips, suits to whittle waistlines, others to add shape to specific areas and then there are the standard all purpose suits that may look great on a variety of shapes. Lines and colors are very important in minimizing or accentuating particular parts of the body. Black and darker colors are often used to minimize, while stripes depending on whether they are vertical or horizontal are used for the same minimizing (vertical) or accentuating (horizontal) effects. There are several special sizes of swimsuits available to accommodate women from petite, tall and plus sizes.

Bikinis alone come in several popular designs that may include; tankinis which are similar to a tank top (with matching bottom, there are different variations of the tankini from short (above the navel) to tops that touch the bottom piece; bandeau tops are designed as a strip usually with no straps; halter tops are just as the name implies similar to a halter with possibly a string that goes around the neck connecting the bodice; lastly there are bra-tops (similar to bra designs) and triangle tops (triangle designs). The bikini that works best will vary from person to person, you want a top that offers support if needed, it is always best to try on a few different tops and see what works best.

Women’s swimsuits offer features such as; soft-cup bras which give full support, built-in shelf bras with underwire, sarongs that add gentle shaping to midsection, gentle tummy wraps that accentuates shape, side shirring adding gentle shaping, and overlapping tops with bottoms for gentle coverage. There are also swimsuits available in swim dress designs which offer additional coverage of hips if needed for some, and bandeau style one pieces with no straps.

Women really are at an advantage when it comes to selecting swimwear designs, as the number of women’s designs far exceeds the number of men’s designs. Women’s swimsuits come in one-piece designs, swim dress designs, sarong swimsuits, tankini suits and several bikini designs. Whereas men’s suits are available mostly in the standard racing style, swim trunk and swim short designs.

The list of swimwear accessories is as great as the swimsuits to be had. The accessories are an important part of your beach or lake excursion, and can include; straw hats, crochet hats, sun hats, short chemises, pareo (cover up skirt), cover ups, capri’s,thongs, sunglasses, tote bags, mesh bags and most importantly beach towels.

Children’s swimwear offers some excellent options for those little one’s just learning to swim. There are great thermal wear suits available, which keep children nice and warm, the innovative suits are made from a specially treated heat reflective neoprene material. Thermal wear suits and special sun protective swimwear also offer UV protection from the sun. There are special water shoes for children that protect their small feet and help to prevent slips. Then of course there is the wide variety of designs and fabrics available to choose from. Designs for girls come in one and two piece while the boys’ suits most often come in the short and trunk designs.

Other considerations to keep the children busy at the beach or lake are lifejackets, arm floats, flotation devices, goggles and beach toys. There are great swim vests and special swimming tubes specially made for children to gradually ease into swimming. The list of pool toys is endless with floating basketball nets, dive toys, swimming fins and volleyball games to name a few.

The sun protection clothing and sun protective swimwear that is being manufactured is innovative and an excellent choice especially for children. Some of the sun protective clothing and swimwear claims to block 98 per cent of UV rays with a UPF of 50 plus. What this means is that only one fiftieth of UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment will pass through. Wearing this clothing is added protection against the suns harmful rays.

When going to the beach, pool or when participating in any outdoor activity it is important to wear a sunscreen of at least thirty. Nothing spoils a day in the sun like the pain of sunburn. That is why being prepared for your outing is important, bring along the necessary hats, sunglasses and cover-ups to ensure both comfort and protection. This is true especially for children, it’s probably best to avoid mid afternoon intense sun if possible. However if you cannot avoid being in the sun, be sure to bring along a beach umbrella to provide shade and again hats and sunscreens for children are absolutely necessary.

With so many wonderful swimwear options to choose from your beach, pool, lake or camping experience can be both pleasurable and fashionable. Take the time and find a swimsuit that you feel comfortable in and one that compliments your particular figure. With the right swimwear choices you will be ready for all your travel and vacation needs with a suit that lasts for a few seasons.

Valerie Giles owns and operates Bikinis and Swimsuits , a swimsuit and resort wear site showcasing bikinis, one-piece swimsuits, plus size swimwear, tan through, sheer swimsuits, tankinis and resort wear. Find the perfect swimsuit for every occasion and every figure type. Quality merchants and best prices.


Twelve Ways To Look Slimmer Instantly

Do you have at least one garment in your closet that you never wear because it makes you look fat? Maybe you take it out and try it on every now and then but it still doesn’t flatter. It doesn’t matter what you weigh you can easily make yourself look fat with the wrong clothes. Learn these basic camouflage rules and you’ll never make the same mistake again.

1. Avoid anything stiff. A stiff garment forms a square box around you. It doesn’t fall into flattering loose folds but stands out on its own making even skinny people look large. Having a shape is important whatever your size.

2. The same goes for the large tents that we try to camouflage ourselves in. It doesn’t work we just look larger. Shape is needed.

3. Other than in your accessories don’t wear anything shiny. Shiny is great for jewelry, bags, decorative motifs, scarves, but not for a whole garment. Shine reflects the light making you look bigger and showing every curve and bump.

4. You know about avoiding horizontal stripes but are you aware of hidden stripes? A belt in a contrasting shade, large top pockets, contrasting ribbing on the bottom of a jersey? These are all stripes and can make you look larger than you wish. Look carefully at a garment to check for these design traps and avoid them.

5. Conversely, subtle vertical stripes are (usually) your friend. Find them in a garment’s style and stitching, a deeply cut V-necked jacket, a silk scarf hanging loosely, long beads, the drape of pants or skirt etc.

6. But vertical stripes on tightly clinging leggings or pants are not flattering. The stripes follow your curves, emphasizing them cruelly.

7. Avoid bulky fabrics such as quilted parkas- these often offend on two counts, one by horizontally machined quilting and another by too much padding. They look enormous and so does anyone who wears them. Thick mohair jumpers are another fattener. Thinner fabrics, such as polar fleece, can be equally warm so there is no need to bulk up.

8. On the other hand don’t buy cheap thin fabrics. A fabric must have enough body to hang well rather than clinging. Even T-Shirts in cheap thin fabrics look dreadful and they don’t last as long so are not really cheaper. Buy fewer and buy quality.

9. Monochrome dressing is slimming and elegant. Dress in one color from top to toe, preferably a dark neutral. For interest vary textures or add color in your accessories. A plain black outfit with a turquoise silk scarf or bright pink earrings for example.

10. Don’t wear frills and ruffles if you have passed your 10th birthday. They add bulk and look tacky.

11. Beware of clothes that are too small, they are fattening. Not only are they unflattering but wearing them makes you feel fat all day. If a garment is tight chuck it out or pack it away until it fits again.

12. If you have put on a pound or two don’t forget to check your bra. Does it still fit? Its so easy to forget and to keep wearing a bra that fitted once. Badly fitting bras create horrible bulges across your back, treat yourself to a new one.

If you bear these tips in mind when shopping for clothes you will have a much better chance of losing a pound or two and looking great.

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Loving Our Bodies “As Is”: Three Fun, Funny, No-Fail Techniques

I’m Talking to You!

I heard you groan when you read the title. I know what you are thinking: “Not me. Not ever! I am too disgusting, too fat, too ugly, too unacceptable, too rejected, too skinny, too pock-marked, too flat-chested . . .” I have heard it all and said much of it to myself.

Aren’t you tired of wishing you looked different? Aren’t you sick of trying every new diet that steamrolls down the freeway aimed straight at your self-confidence? Do you think possibly you’ve been duped by a youth-obsessed, anorexia-inducing culture? ? Isn’t enough finally enough, already?

A confession: I do not yet love my body completely as it is. I am in recovery from a disapproval addiction, and I will need to be in recovery every day for the rest of my life and so will you. This is not bad news; it is good news. Recovery is fun. You will live longer, laugh more, and have time to appreciate the important parts of your life instead of wasting your precious time focusing on that dry skin on your elbows or those little wrinkles around your eyes.

Technique # 1: Use Your Hateful Thoughts As Reminders to Love Yourself

Self-hate is a wily beast, and he takes on disguises, telling us his advice is “for our own good.” He is relentless and persistent. So use him! When he appears, use his energy as a reminder to do something lovely and generous for yourself, such as kissing your sweet lips on the bathroom mirror. You’ll dirty up the mirror, you say? Good! Those kiss marks will remind you to not take yourself so seriously, which is half of the battle.

Every time you have a mean thought about yourself, grab it by the throat, give it a quick kiss, and send it on its way. “Bye, bye, now!” You say as the hate and judgment scuttle out of your mind. “You go out and play in the middle of the freeway now. Don’t look both ways!”

This technique will work immediately. Make yourself laugh and you have almost won the battle. Your laughter has improved your digestion, reduced your stress, increased the effectiveness of your immune system, and brightened your day. What’s not to like?

Technique #2: Get Out of the Beauty Race

Every person decides what is beautiful and what is ugly. Some photographers, for example, think worms are gorgeous and so they are. We can decide we are beautiful “as is” if we stop comparing ourselves with others.

If you practice finding yourself inadequate, you get good at it. But you can become an expert who replaces comparing with appreciating the beauty around you – all beauty. Stop comparing yourself to other people right now. Go cold turkey.

Instead of judging yourself or others, enjoy the feel of your skin, the gentleness of a touch, the sweetness of a smile, and the glory of a generous nature. Take pleasure in the beauty of the sun shining in your friend’s golden hair. Just don’t compare your own “dishwater, mousy” hair with hers.

If you start to compare your aging hand to a younger woman’s, kiss your own hand and say, “I love you, my sweet.” It’s easy to love this hand that works for you all day long typing, picking up coffee cups, and stroking the cheeks of those you love. Don’t tell your hand it is ugly because it’s showing the unique history of your journey on the planet. Do you really want the hands of a twelve year old forever? When you pay attention to what really matters, every invitation to compare yourself with others will turn into a moment of celebration.

Keep a journal. Write in it every day and celebrate yourself and other people. If you are not good at this to start with, don’t worry. You will get better.

Technique #3: Look at Yourself Naked in the Mirror and Celebrate Your Body “As Is.”

You can see why I saved this technique for the last. You might have to “cheat” when you try this habit at first, at least it may feel like cheating to you. That’s okay. Is your lip worthy of love? Your temple? How about the inside of your arm? Your ears? The area between your thumb and your index finger? Your fingernail? Find some part of your body you find acceptable as it is.

Focus on one body part until you love it. Then find another part to love just as it is. You might say: “I love you, Thumbnail. You are great. You protect me and I would be in a world of hurt without you. I have taken you for granted until now, but I am through with that!”

You Can Do It!

If three techniques feel like too many, pick the one that sounds the most fun and start practicing it every day. You deserve to be loved just as you are! Be the first one on your block to love your body “as is” and see the startling benefits. On second thought, who cares what the rest of the block is doing? Love now. You won’t regret it.

—————————————————————————–About the Author:Vicki Hannah Lein is a singer/songwriter, international speaker, author, trainer, and life coach. For a free sample of her song “I Deserve to Be Loved” and the introduction to her new book Woman with a Voice, visit

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